Macbeth does murder sleep...(act2, scene2) to Lady Macbeth after he killed Duncan. As he hears this you tell that Macbeth is starting to feel guilty of the horrible deed he has done. I'll go no more. I am afraid to think what I have done. Look on't again I dare not.
After he kills the King and Banquo (separately) he is distraught with shame and guilt, while Lady Macbeth holds herself together and covers for his strange behavior. In Act V, we see Lady Macbeth falling apart, a downfall we later learn leads her to suicide. Macbeth, on the other hand, has forgotten his guilt, and is even willing to fight in the face of certain death when he learns of Macduff's unmotherly birth. While both characters may be viewed as foul, the theme still applies. One would expect, stereotypically, that Macbeth would be the one trying to convince his queasy wife that killing the King would be a blessing.
Macbeth’s ambitious wife, Lady Macbeth felt guilt for her part in the murder of King Duncan and for murdering sleep she was denied the luxury of sleep driving her to insanity. The Macduff’s also suffered greatly. Lady Macduff witnessed the deaths of her children as they were “Savagely slaughter’d” (4:3:237) Macbeth also caused grief to Macduff as he ordered the slaying of his “Wife, Children, servants, all” (4:3:245) Macbeth was the cause of much suffering in the play and in turn suffered greatly throughout. Macbeth suffers much indecision from the moment he hears the witches prophesies. He gets confused and is torn between killing or not killing King Duncan.
Along with this, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s relationship change after the many murders they have performed. Finally, after all the deaths that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth performed, she finally can’t sleep knowing what she finished. From the beginning, Lady Macbeth wants to be the queen and if that happens macbeth would be king. In order to do that the king, Duncan, would have to die. This is where Lady Macbeth’s idea of killing Duncan comes in.
It would then appear to the audience that Macbeth is unaware of the consequences of their capture. In this scene we learn a lot about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth's character and their relationship as husband and wife. Already we can see that Duncan's murder has had a negative effect on them especially on Lady Macbeth. She insults Macbeth and loses all respect for him. The consequences of their act also affects them in the long run; Lady Macbeth becomes mentally unstable which influences her death and Macbeth becomes so eager to keep his title that it leads him to the murder of his bests friend; Banquo.
Another telling sign of the Macbeths’ widespread corruption following the king’s death, as “sleep is murdered” and “much more of the natural order is subverted” (Gilbert 2). As she attempts to clean her hands, she talks to herself processing the violent past events acknowledging that “What’s done cannot be undone” (V. ii. 71). She wonders where the Thane of Fife’s wife is now and her surprise at just how much blood King Duncan contained. Just as King Duncan resembles her father, Lady Macduff may resemble herself.
At the end of the play, the opposite is true: Lady Mecbeth feels guiltier than mecbeth.. Guilt is responsible for the death of Lady Macbeth and Macbeth. In Act II, Scene ii, Macbeth regrets the murder of Duncan as soon as he kills the king. He finds it impossible to pray after Duncan’s two sons waken from a nightmare pray and fall back to sleep : "I had most need of blessing, and "Amen" / Stuck in my throat. "(II;ii;32-3) On the other hand Lady Macbeth tells him to forget about the murder because if they keep thinking of the crime, it will make them both crazy: Consider it not so deeply.
Even Lady Macbeth, who was able to “unsex [herself] here in the murder of King Duncan, commits suicide for she is plagued by the intense feelings of guilt. During Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene—which was foreshadowed by Macbeth’s remark that he thought he cursed sleep after killing Duncan—is unable to free her conscience as she tries to wash Duncan’s blood from her hands. The roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are reversed as she realizes "[h]ell is murky", which implies that she already knows the darkness awaiting her as an overseer—she has created her own hell (5.1.38). The roles of the two characters are once again switched, as Lady Macbeth exemplifies how regicide is the most devastating act for even
But, later she becomes desirous and in order to take King Duncan’s place he murders him. This was the turning point for him and he became a killing machine. Lady Macbeth started as a character of darkness; she yearned for power and did not want to express any emotion. Later on she became guilty and started sleep walking and she committed suicide. In the beginning of the play all of the murderers were committed with a sense of darkness.
This is first seen when Lady Macbeth demoralizes her husband in attempt of persuasion to murder king Duncan, “What beast was’t, then,/That made you break this enterprise to me? When/ You durst do it, then you were a man...”... ... middle of paper ... ...hed away, knowing it is infeasible. The sleep walking demonstrates how consciously, Lady Macbeth may be able to lie to herself of the guilt that corrupts her. However her unconscious mind brings about the guilt and churns it into sleep walking where the audience becomes aware of her deep regret. Through prolonged guilt eating away at Lady Macbeth’s consciousness, she realizes her burden is too much to bare.